I don’t really run the political blog anymore. I got sick of the fights. I got sick of politics. But, now, as we hit election day, a whole new wave of obnoxious election coverage begins. And, this year, the people following it are worse than ever.
So here’s the deal. If you don’t care about politics and are reading this via the RSS feed, skip ahead to the next entry now. If you’re reading this off the website, I give you this chance. If you want to read more about my point of view in this election and who I’m voting for this year, click through to read the rest of this entry.
Look, I don’t think Obama is a bad guy. He looks like the kind of guy you might like to sit down and have dinner with. He seems smart enough. He seems friendly enough. Sure, he’s a lawyer, but everyone has to make a living somehow. . .
But I don’t think he’s the right choice. I think he is to the left of where I’d like this country to be. Call it “liberal” or “social,” I don’t care. I don’t like it. And while he and many of his supporters might say he’s more moderate and centrist, I don’t believe it. I won’t fall for it. I’ve seen this happen again and again. And picking Joe Biden for a running mate proves the direction his administration will go in. (Notice how quiet he’s been? Biden has hid well in the last month. Smart move, Obama camp!)
By the way, how’s this for “change:” Biden ran for president before and was run off the campaign trail on plagiarism charges — during the Reagan administration!
The sad fact of the matter is that McCain ran a lousy campaign, so bad that it got to the point in the end where it had to go negative to score any points. It didn’t need to. It could have stuck to policy differences if the campaign had found a better way to express them earlier on. Heck, I don’t even think Sarah Palin is a bad choice for Vice President, but they needed to position her differently. The relentless talking points and catchphrases and cliches didn’t help. Yes, Obama has those, too, but they come out less frequently — and, of course, the full power of the liberal media wasn’t there to point it out. They were too busy singing along with whatever “Yes We Can” song they had on their iPods.
And, in the end, we might be safer with Obama as president. We’ll never know for sure now, but I’m imagining the reaction in this country to a McCain victory would have been ugly on the streets. I do believe we’d have riots in some cities if that had happened, with people so enthralled by the Obama campaign that they could only conclude that racism caused the victory.
The thing that actually scares me the most about Obama is the Cult of Personality that has propelled him to the office of the Presidency. It doesn’t take a genius to have seen this coming since 2004. I did, but I thought it would take another election cycle or three to get here. The fanaticism and excessive zeal with which his supporters (yes, that includes the media) have fawned over him with are nauseating. I do believe there are those who believe Obama is the second coming. They keep putting his picture on magazine covers with halos behind his head, after all.
But Obama’s campaign and I agree on one thing: It’s time for a change. So I’m voting for Bob Barr for President. He’s running on the Libertarian ticket this year. My vote for President doesn’t count worth much in New Jersey. NJ hasn’t voted for a Republican for President in 20 years, even though I live in a fairly Republican area. (You can’t beat the populations in cities that vote overwhelmingly in the other direction.) So voting for McCain does nothing in this state. So I’ll vote for the Libertarian. I don’t agree with everything they stand for, but I’ll take a change. And that would be an interesting change. If nothing else, I’ve done my small pointless thing to help further someone’s cause.
And Barr was the leading proponent of Clinton’s impeachment, riding hard on principle over political expediency.
So let me just recommend that you all vote. Wait, no. Don’t. Personally, I don’t want anyone and everyone to vote. I only want people to vote who have a clue as to what they’re voting for, or who they’re voting for. I want a knowledgeable electorate, not a bunch of sheep who’ve been marketed to, or who think they’re joining the hip crowd by voting a specific way. Dare to dream.
But I’ll give you an idea of what you’ll be seeing in the next 24 hours, particularly since the media already has all of their stories and headlines written and are just waiting for the inevitable to happen.
A “mandate” will be declared. It doesn’t matter what the scenario. Whether Obama sweeps all fifty states, or whether he wins the electoral vote but loses the popular vote, he will declare that he’s been given a mandate by the voters. This is standard operating procedure for the last decade or two. A 48 – 46 or 52 – 48 vote can be considered a mandate by a politician. It’s ridiculous.
The media’s love affair with Obama will reach bold new levels of Obamagasm. (I seriously expect Chris Matthews and Keith Olbermann to be smoking cigarettes on air after Obama’s acceptance speech.) The Wednesday morning headlines will officially declare the Second Coming. Expect lots of pictures of Obama with a halo around his head. Expect quotes from Martin Luther King Jr. running side by side with Obama’s acceptance speech.
It might wait until December, but expect the New York Times to do another front page article about how the economy is recovering thanks to Obama’s plans, none of which have been put in front of the Congress. (This is the paper, after all, who declared the “Clinton recovery” for the economy a month after he was elected, long after that recession was ending.)
Then, in the days ahead as the Cabinet and transition team is named, expect all of the same old school hard core liberal Democrats to be named to posts, with perhaps one or two “moderates” as a conciliatory measure. Nobody will point out how this goes against “Change Change Change.” I mean, jeez, Rohm Emmanuel’s name is popping up for Chief of Staff already. Ack.
It will be business as usual in Washington, but many will be so new to following it (political bandwagon jumpers) that they might not realize it.
I don’t really have a strong conclusion to make here. I just hope that a Super Majority does not happen with the House and Senate. That would lead to some serious damage being done to this country for years to come. I’m a bit annoyed by those who only follow politics when it becomes a hip thing to do or, at the very least, only in a Presidential election year. There’s so much that happens in the interim that ignoring it is shallow. And I think the Obama thing is so much hype that we’ll see get chipped away at in the years ahead.
That’s all. Happy Election Day to one and all. I think I’ll be catching up on my DVR viewing tonight.